There is an unusual partnership in central Florida's east coast. Local and state government officials, airport managers, homeowners, and pilots have come together to find ways to reduce airport noise while encouraging the region's vibrant flight training industry.
The Treasure Coast Regional Noise and Flight Training Assessment Committee is nearing completion of 18 months of work with a recommendation to build a regional flight-training center near Yeehaw Junction in the center of the state, west of busy general aviation airports along the east coast such as Vero Beach, St. Lucie, and Stuart.
The committee also recommended a prohibition on new home construction near the airports, a statewide airport residential real estate disclosure (notification to a potential buyer that the house is near an airport), and standardized voluntary procedures to minimize airport noise.
"When the study first started, many of the committee members were hostile toward airports," said AOPA Regional Representative Nelson Rhodes, who represented AOPA and GA pilots on the committee. "Now that this study is concluding, it's gratifying to see that they understand the benefits of GA as well as the issues and are working together in a productive manner toward workable measures to address noise issues."
Rhodes noted that elected officials who are members of the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments also participated in the study. "That's important because the council can provide considerable encouragement to the individual municipalities to adopt the recommendations."
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November 18, 2004